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  • Writer's pictureChris Russell

S3 E14 - The Kaiju

Outro S3 E14

Hello my survivor friends Here we are at the end of February 2023. If you are listening to this you have just finished Season 3 Episode 14 titled “The Kaiju”.

I certainly hope you enjoyed it. It is a monster of an episode coming in at more than 4,000 words. There is a lot going on in this chapter. There are a lot of hints and moments of drama. There is a critical, pivotal, reveal at the end.

You may have to listen through it a couple times!

I would say ‘no spoilers’ but I don’t post these endnotes until after the episode drops, so the only way you could get spoiled is if you are reading the outros before you listen to the episode.

But, never underestimate people’s ability to spoil a story so I won’t say too much.

I am curious though. How much did you see it coming? Was it a shock? Or was it a “I knew it!”

We here, on the 10th floor of the ATA editorial building in Manhattan, we all saw it coming and have been driving in this direction since the beginning of the season, so it’s hard for us to judge.

What about you?

Whelp, 6 more episodes to find a way out of this mess!

I just checked the stats and we got 24,000 downloads last month, which as my older brother would say, “Beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.”

We’ve got 309 brave survivors clustered around a 55-gsallon drum burning trash and trying to stay warm over at the Facebook group.

I asked people what they like about the podcast and some of the answers were ‘the details’, ‘the characters – especially the old-man, Janet and the dog’ and ‘giving voice to what they are thinking’.


It is worth noting that over at the book of faces survivor Gayle shared a link to another podcast called “After the Virus – a surviralist’s journal” And I binge listened through this week.

Yes that is “Surviralist” not “Survivalist” and I will never forgive him for that tortured play on words.

The plot is post-apocalyptic. In this case it’s an angry Ebola virus and the setting is northern California. The protagonist takes to the canyons to survive.

Maybe I’ll hunt the author up and get him on for an interview to ask him about some of his choices.

It’s a good narrative and moves right along. It’s one of those stories that make you really want to listen to the next episode. The episodes are short – 15 minutes and you will eat right through them. He adds in animal sounds and some other sound effects that support the narrative.

It uses the ‘found journal’ trope – which is a very common device in apocalyptic fiction and science fiction. The found journal simplifies the story telling by allowing you to tell a linear narrative.

In the second season there are other voices introduced, some better than others, but by that point you’re hooked.

There are 26 episodes and the narrative is also available as a book.

I give it a strong B+.

I’ll let you off easy this week as this episode was such a monster.

I am holding a story contest right now if you want to send me an original work to be read into audio on the show. Don’t be shy. I’ve only had one brave soul show up so far (out of 24,000!).

Thank you for your support.

All the links are in the show notes and on the website at

Give praise for the sunshine every day and keep surviving.

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